Innovation in the case study

The (re)introduction of hemp cultivation in Germany is a novel idea emerging in a few small projects across the country.

This group’s activities are innovative in several ways. It aims to optimise cultivation methods. The field trials the farmers are performing will identify which hemp varieties grow best under the local soil and weather conditions. The farmers aim to develop hemp adapted agricultural machinery.

This project contributes to organisational innovation by setting up local value chains for hemp, i.e. by installing the straw processing locally and by establishing new local sales options, such as the use of hemp nuts for oil production, in bread rolls or bird feed, or the fibers in insulation material.

Rural Development

The OG members disseminate their knowledge to other farmers, scientists and the general public.

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